Selkokielellä kriisiä rakentamassa: koronadiskurssit selkomediassa ja tukijärjestöjen viestinnässä

Translated title of the contribution: Constructing a crisis in Easy Language: Covid-19 discourses in Easy Language journalism and public communication

Mikko T. Virtanen, Auli Kulkki-Nieminen

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Abstract

In this article, we consider a fundamental but so far little-investigated area of crisis communication: Easy Language journalism and public communication. Specifically, we focus on Easy Finnish material related to the Covid-19 pandemic. By adopting a Discourse Analytic perspective, we look at the ways in which the pandemic is constructed as a crisis across genres and ideological discourses operating in the overall ecology of Finnish Easy Language mass communication. As a result, we identify and describe four discourses that are foregrounded in our data: responsibility discourse, equality discourse, trust discourse and coping discourse. Our results highlight the importance of Easy Language communication in supporting the social inclusion of its target groups during a time of global crisis further severed by the so-called infodemic. The data covers the years 2020 and 2021 and includes material from the media and third-sector organizations.
Translated title of the contributionConstructing a crisis in Easy Language: Covid-19 discourses in Easy Language journalism and public communication
Original languageFinnish
Title of host publicationKieli ja osallisuus
EditorsNiina Hynninen, Irina Herneaho, Eeva Sippola, Johanna Isosävi, Mei Yang
Pages252-284
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-9388-76-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2023
Publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameAFinLA:n vuosikirja
Number80
ISSN (Electronic)2343-2608

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

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